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The Once and Future King | Study Guide

T. H. White

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Overview

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Author

T. H. White

Year Published

1958

Type

Novel

Genre

Fantasy, Mythology

Perspective and Narrator

The Once and Future King is mostly told by a third-person omniscient narrator, but occasionally the author addresses the reader using the second person.

Tense

The Once and Future King is mostly told in the past tense, but occasionally the author addresses the reader using the present tense.

About the Title

The title The Once and Future King comes from the Latin phrase Hic jacet Arthurus Rex quondam Rexque futurus, which, according to legend, is the epitaph on the legendary King Arthur's grave. The phrase is translated as "King once, and king in the future," but White modernized it into "The once and future king." The English writer Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415/18–71) refers to this epitaph in his 1485 work Le Morte d'Arthur (The Death of Arthur)—a work that strongly influenced White. According to Arthurian lore, King Arthur once ruled England and will come back to rule again one day.

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